THE LOCATION AND HOME
This beautiful, warm, large home is located in an exclusive and very safe area of Burbank known as the Rancho Equestrian. The area is dedicated to homes with horse stables. Our home was built in 1938 in the Art Moderne style, with curving walls and hardwood floors throughout. The house was renovated in 2006 and the interior again in 2011
Hollywood star Ava Gardner and her husband (#2), big band jazz musician Artie Shaw lived here in the early 1940's.
The guest room is a spacious 15' x 12' with windows on two sides. It includes a 6' x 6' walk-in closet. The room also includes a 32' Sony TV, DirectTV with over 500 free channels, large desk, free internet connection, shelf space, mini-frig, and a private full bathroom.
The house has a library with over 1,000 books for your enjoyment, a large, comfortable living room with wood burning fireplace. The beautiful dining room seats 12 and has wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows and French doors opening to the patio rose garden. We have a large, modern, eat-in kitchen. Central air conditioning and heating.
A complimentary continental breakfast is included; box lunches are available for a small fee. Internet and DirecTV included. Upon request, free fax, copier, scanner, laptop computer, and printer. Laundry facilities.
Outside, we're on a double sized lot where there are four gardens, of which two are secluded by high walls, with over 100 rose bushes, fruit trees (guava, peach, apple, apricot, cuties), and extensive various species of lavender.
For musicians and songwriters, we have a detached High Sierras style cabin entirely paneled in honey colored knotty pine and fully instrument-equipped for qualified musicians. Built-in fireplace.
We have a horse stable with four stalls and a turn-out for those who want to bring their horses for an additional stabling fee. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, a premier horse facility, is 8 minutes walk from our house. At least 6 stables with rental horses and guides are within close walking distance with over 200 miles of horse trails virtually across the street from us.
Plenty of off street parking for cars or even oversize rigs. Many visitors and local residents walk here.
Several restaurants are within walking distance, some with live music nightly.
Walking or a 5 minute drive:
Los Angeles Equestrian Center
NBC Studios with the Jay Leno Tonight Show
Warner Brothers Studios
Within 10 minutes drive is:
Universal City Walk
Universal Studios Theme Park
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Another 5 minutes drive away is Hollywood.
Within 15 minutes drive to:
Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles Zoo
Championship golf courses
Gene Autry Western Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA
Among many other attractions, and we're only a short distance to the beaches.
We are only about 20 minutes drive from the Griffith Observatory overlooking Hollywood.
A free basketball court and tennis courts are only one block away and a public swimming pool is a five minute drive.
For backpackers, we are 4 hours drive from the High Sierras, and for local hiking we are only minutes away from three separate mountain ranges surrounding the San Fernando Valley with hundreds of miles of hiking trails.
Public transportation is just a 5 minute walk away.
One of us smokes some, but only outside.
Pets are very welcome, but we have to be sure our indoor-only, animal and people-friendly cat "Mad Max" is protected, so we'll have to work out details with you for your pet. We have a very large and secure back yard for pets, large cages if needed for various animals, stalls for horses, an enclosed patio for other types of critters.
Kitchen and appliance use is permitted, just rinse and stack your dishes.
I had a wonderful few days with Phyllis and Randy. Not only did they make me feel very welcome and at home, they were a mine of information and were able to advise me on lots of things. This was a very special holiday for me and I would love to stay there again if I possibly could. A***** recommendation from this happy person!
Our hosts were super, making us feel at home. The breakfast was excellent, quiet neighborhood and her horses big plus. Good hiking trails close by too. Would stay again.
We stayed at Phyllis and Randy's place for a night last weekend. They were so accommodating to take us at the last minute. It was great. The room (and the whole house) is spotless. We had our own private bathroom and the bed is super, super comfortable. I know this sounds like hyperbole, but I honestly think it is the most comfortable bed I have ever in my whole life slept in. Phyllis and Randy are so welcoming and friendly. They offered us breakfast, but we ate very little because we had already made brunch plans. Altogether it was a good experience and one that I would recommend.
We had a great time in Phyllis and Randy's home, they are perfect hosts, friendly, available, and their cat is so cute !!!
The bedroom is very comfortable with the private bathroom.
We hightly recommand their place.
Thank you so much to both of you and hope to see you again !!
Phyllis and her husband were wonderful hosts! My girlfriend Julia, our Dog Elvis, and I had a great time with them. They even offered to look after Elvis if we needed.
This was a great place, such a huge house and warm hosts! Very clean. It was also fun to meet the horses!
Phyllis and her husband were extremely amenable and helpful. The place was clean and charming. Would definitely recommend.
I am a horse lover and spend as much of my time with them as possible. We breed the rare Andalusian breed originally from Spain (the horse on which most "Knight" chess pieces are modeled. Our horses are movie stars, have been featured in books and magazines and are all around worldly and wise. I love to travel, been to Poland, Hungry, Austria and England. Can't wait to see more of our beautiful planet. I am a music buff and appreciate all genres of music. My husband and I are both passionate, fun-loving people.
I'm Randy, the "horse-husband," skilled at mucking stalls and changing water buckets. In my spare time from that, I'm an attorney and a mortgage lending company owner. I'm also an owner of a fledgling film production company. Like Phyllis, I'm an avid reader, hence our large library, though my taste runs to classics and to baseball. I've been an adult league hardball baseball player for the past 17 years (left field). Taking a DL break this year and coaching instead. We both have a lot of other interests and enjoy good conversation over a glass of wine or cup of coffee.